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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2017 1:09 a.m. PST

December 2016
Indian government worried about reports of Chinese troops in Eastern Afghanistan:
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March 2017
Pentagon apparently ok with China's deployment of troops in that area:
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So … anyone heard anything else about this in recent months? Any recent troop strength estimates? Are they still building up? Any reports of clashes?

Thanks

Dan
PS. It almost seems as if here (the US) the topic was forgotten or been buried by tons of trivial "news".

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skipper John Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2017 5:51 a.m. PST

Wow! I never knew that China and Afghanistan had a common border.

I always wondered how China would get to Armageddon. Who "in the world" would have made that corridor on purpose? Amazing!

Caedite Eos14 Nov 2017 9:34 a.m. PST

The more boots there are stomping the Taliban the better. Who cares who they are.

The communists might just be after the lithium and rare earths though.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2017 9:47 a.m. PST

Well, at least they don't have "journalist" camp followers telling the whole world where they are and what they're doing.

Dan

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bruntonboy14 Nov 2017 10:00 a.m. PST

Like many of the worlds flashpoints and silly borders the Wakhan corridor dates form the days of the British empire.

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Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2017 11:45 a.m. PST

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whitejamest14 Nov 2017 3:15 p.m. PST

The US has been eager to see the Chinese take a greater role in counter terrorism operations in Afghanistan for a while. They share a border (albeit a small one) and they have no interest in empowering fundamentalists, as they have had their own trouble with some domestic groups.

Also greater Chinese economic involvement down the road could help grow Afghanistan's economy, which is going to be extremely important if they are ever to be self sufficient. Afghanistan has some significant mineral and rare earth deposits that are very appealing to the Chinese, and frankly if that market can develop it will be a blessing to the Afghans if they don't have to deal with the Pakistanis in order to export.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2017 6:46 p.m. PST

Well, they do need that land route to the Persian Gulf oil. And it looks like they'll get it.

Dan
PS. Does President Ghani like Chinese cuisine? If so, he could have asked them to bring along their finest chef(s). The Italians' too. :)

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